Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 594
January 13, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 594
BID: $OPDX.594
January 13, 2003
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Online at 440-237-8208 28.8k-1200 Baud 8/N/1

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, AA1M, K1XN, NA2M, W2KKZ, WA2MOE, NG3K, NP3D, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4QD, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, N6DHZ, K7ZO, K8DD, K8GG, K8YC, K8YSE, K9AJ, WM0F, CO2QQ, CT1EEB, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, EA7FTR, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, LU1FAM, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA5NT, SM5BFJ, UA4WHX, UA6JD, VA3RJ & ICPO, VP2VE, XQ5SM and VK1AA for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 5/January, through Sunday, 12/January there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

3905 CENTURY CLUB NETS. Kevin Burkhart, WM0F, PR Director for the "3905 Century Club", wants to inform OPDX readers that the 3905 Century Club has been around running "Worked All States and DX" type contact nets for 25+ years. Nets are held daily on 40m, 80m, and 160m SSB, along with a bunch of weekly CW, PSK, and RTTY nets. The complete net schedule and other info can be found at the club Website at: http://www.3905ccn.com

The Century Club just recently started a DX bureau operation for all contacts made on Century Club nets. This DX bureau is free and open to all amatuers stateside and DX who had contacts made on the CC nets. The CC DX bureau will be especially convenient for DX stations who may E-mail logs to the bureau manager. Their bureau manager will handle all the QSL duties and will forward all cards to the DX station, free of charge. The Century Club DX bureau manager is Ron, N9KNJ. His address is good in all callbooks and QRZ.com. More information on CC bureau operations can also be found at the Website.

The 3905 Century Club has operated bureaus for contacts made on the CC nets for many years. The turnaround in CC bureaus is a matter of weeks, so there will not be the long delays typical of international QSL bureaus. DX stations interested in earning the ARRL WAS or other Century Club awards will find this service really useful for getting timely service for their QSL cards.

3B8, MAURITIUS. A German team plans to head south to get away from the cool weather and be active as 3B8/DK7AO from February 9-15th. The team consists of: Frank/DK7AO and his XYL Katrin/DL1AXL, Guenter/DL2AWG and Peter/DL3APO (and his XYL). Activity will be on 160-10 meter, but they will focus on the low bands, the WARC bands and some RTTY. They will have 2 HF stations. QSL via DL3APO. For more details and the log, visit the Web page at: http://www.radioklub.de/3b8/

3C5, EQUATORIAL GUINEA. Alan, G3XAQ, is now active as 3C5XA from Malabo until January 21st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters (mainly CW). Over the past weekend, he was heard on 40m (after 2100z), 30m (around 2045z), 12m (after 0830z) and 10m (after 1400z), all CW. QSL via G3XAQ.

D8, SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Lee, DS4CNB, currently signing as D88S from the South Korean Base "King Se-Jong" on King George Island (AN-010), continues to be active until November 30th. Most of his activity has been on CW on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters. However, over the past weekend he was heard on 17 meters SSB on 18155 kHz between 1000-1200z. QSL via DS4CNB.

DXCC NEWS. From the ARRL Web Page: "DXCC processing resumes after faulty server replaced (January 7, 2003) -- After a two-week hiatus, DXCC application processing resumed January 3rd. DXCC processing ground to a halt December 23rd after a computer server that supported the DXCC software failed. ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG, said he's glad to report that the DXCC system once again seems stable, and DXCC applications from late September are being entered into the system this week. The Information Services Department (ISD) determined that the old DXCC server had reached the end of its useful life. After replacing a power supply and attempting to resuscitate the aging hardware, ISD shifted the application to another available server. Mills said system downtime actually was less than two weeks. 'With Christmas, New Year's Day and associated vacations, we probably didn't lose a full two weeks, but on the calendar, we lost two weeks,' he allowed. The even better news is that the current DXCC system is slated for an upgrade that will interface with both Logbook of the World--now undergoing beta testing--and the ARRL Web site. Mills says this will allow field checkers to take further advantage of electronic data input and speed processing time by as much as 75 percent."

HH4, HAITI. Jan Heise, K4QD, the HH4 March 2003 DXpedition Team Leader, informs OPDX that members of the Florida DXpedition Group (FDXPG) will be part of a thirty member humanitarian mission team traveling to Haiti. They will operate from the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission (NWHCM) March 10-21st. Team members are Jan-HH4/K4QD, William-HH4/N2WB, Bill-HH4/W4WX and Al-HH4/K3VN. The team will have three stations, and when not working on mission projects, they will operate on all bands 160-6 meters and all modes including PSK-31. QSL HH4/K4QD, HH4/W4WX AND HH4/K3VN via their home CBA. QSL HH4/N2WB via N2OO. For more information visit the DX team website at: http://www.geocities.com/n2wb2003/ For information on the NWHCM visit: http://www.nwhcm.org/ ADDED NOTE: Jan Heise, K4QD, also reports that all QSL requests received direct or via the bureau for his April 2002 operation as HH4/K4QD (about 1500 to date) have been answered.

HC4, ECUADOR (Update). Andy, NP3D, reports that he will be active as HC1/NP3D from Quito for 1-2 days (January 21-23rd) and be active as HC4/NP3D near Manta on the Ocean (January 24-27th). He will try to be active from an island named "Isla de la Plata" (IOTA SA-033).

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. John, F5VHQ (ex-OE5TGL), will be active as F5VHQ/HI9 from January 16-24th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or bureau.

HR, HONDURAS. Gerard, HR5/F2JD, continues to be active from here and has made more than 5200 QSOs at the moment. He hopes to put an antenna for 160 meters. Remember, he is here until early March. Over the past week he has been active on 80/40/30 meters CW, usually after 2200z. His QSL Manager Jean Michel, F6AJA, reports that he has received the first part of Gerard's log, and you can look to see if you are on the log by sending an E-mail to: log.f6kpo@eudil.fr (With YOUR callsign in the subject line and the robot will answer you.)

HS0, THAILAND. Charles, K4VUD, who just concluded some activity as HS0ZCW again, expects to return again during the summer of 2003. He reports that during his recent December activity the bands were rather poor in HS-land. He only worked five or six stateside stations and only heard very few. Also, 40 meters CW was spotty but useful sometimes. He adds that he only worked 90-some-odd stations in the 10 meter contest!!! He worked all he heard.

IOTA NEWS..................

IOTA/LIGHTHOUSE DXPEDITION. Members of the IOCA Group lead by Fredy, DE0MST (member of WLH Management Committee) will activate Vela Palagruza and Otocic Palagruza Lighthouse (EU-090, CI-084, LH-0057) as 9A0CI between May 2-10th. The group may also try to operate from Mala Palagruza (EU-090, CI-461) and Galijula Island (EU-090, CI-462). Operators mentioned are: 9A2WJ, 9A6AA, 9A7N, DE0MST, DF9MV, DJ3XG, DL1SDN, DL5MFL and DL9CHR. Their activity will be on CW/SSB and near the IOTA and lighthouse frequencies on 80-10 meters. QSL to a DE0MST (only for 9A0CI, May 2-10th, 2003) via the DARC Bureau or direct to: Fredy Stippschild, P.O. Box 1406, D-83657 Lenggries, Germany.

J7, DOMINICA. Bob/AA1M and Mike/W1USN will be active from the island of Dominica from January 21-28th. Operations will be on the HF bands with activity on CW, SSB and PSK31. Assigned callsigns are J75PL (AA1M) and J75RN (W1USN). QSL via the bureau, WF5E or direct CBA.

JW, SVALBARD. Three members of the Voluntary Radio Organization (SL0ZS), Stockholm branch, are planning a DXpedition to here between February 23rd and March 1st. The team consists of Pete/SM0BSO, Stellan/SM0LQB and Eric/ SM1TDE. All will sign JW/homecall from the club station JW5E located in Longyearbyen. Activity will take place on all bands from 160-6 meters on CW, SSB, RTTY as well as several other digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns, bureau or direct. Logs will be available on the Web at: http://www.qsl.net Also, Electronic-QSLs can be obtained at: http://www.eQSL.cc Further information can be found at: http://w1.865.telia.com/~u86523219/JW03.htm

KH9, WAKE ISLANDS. Reports indicate that Chuck Brady, N4BQW, is expected to be active as N4BQW/KH9 from January 15-25th. Bands/modes of activity were not provided. QSL via KB6NAN direct.

LU/LT, ARGENTINA. Luc, LU1FAM, informs OPDX that he will be active in the ARRL International CW Contest as a Single-Op/Single Band (10 or 40 meters)/ High Power. Also, look for the club station LU5DX to be active as LT1F in the same contest (on 40 or 10m). QSL LU1FAM via AC7DX and for LT1F via LU1FKR.

LU, ARGENTINA (Mountain Expedition). This is just a reminder to look for Robert, 3A2MY, who will sign LU/3A2MY between January 16-23rd from the Aconcagua, the highest peak of the South American Andes mountains, 6959 meters ASL. He will be there with the Alibert expedition members. Robert will use a homemade QRP transceiver with 5 watts out, supplied by solar cells. Suggested frequencies and mode are: 14280 to 14290 kHz, SSB. A special QSL card will be issued when he returns to Monaco. QSL via his home callsign.

NEW OFFICERS FOR 2003.................

OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Ari, OH5DX (ex-OH1EH), will be active as OH0Z in the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Single-Op/High Power entry. QSL via OH5DX: Ari Korhonen, Kreetalank. 9A1, FIN29200 Harjavalta, Finland.


PJ2, CURACAO. George/W8UVZ, George/K8GG and Gary/KD9SV, will be going here January 20-29th, and plan to be in the CQ WW 160 CW Contest (January 25-26th). They have applied for the contest callsign PJ2X. Outside of the contest they will use PJ2/homecall. There will be plenty of Low Band and WARC Band activity. QSL PJ2X via W8UVZ. QSL other contacts via the operator's home address.

PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Noah/K2NG, Tom/K2TW and Peter/NO2R plan to be active as PJ4G in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via WA2NHA. Also, look for activity before and after the contest on all bands.

PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS ISLAND. Lee, VP2VE, plans to be active as PJ5/K3RGD from the Dutch Antilles IOTA NA-145 now through February 10th. Activity will be on all bands, CW+. As this bulletin was being written, Lee was very active on 30 meters beginning as early as 0330z and later at 2100z. QSL will be via WA2NHA. Skeds may be arranged by sending a short E-mail (1 line-75 characters) to: vp2ve@amsat.org

QSL INFO AND NEWS..................

ST, SUDAN. Gerben, PA5NT, informs OPDX that he will be back in Khartoum, Sudan, again between January 20-28th and will be active as ST2X. Activity will be CW on all bands 40-10 meters (including WARC) and depending on the circumstances, also 80 and 6 meters. There could also be some occasional SSB operation. QSL via PA5NT: Gerben A.Menting, Waezenburglaan 104, 9351 HG Leek, The Netherlands. More information is on the Web at: http://dx.to During the operation an online log search will be available.

TM0, FRANCE. Look for Patrick, F6OIE, to use the special callsign TM0A from January 18th to February 1st. Activity will be on all HF bands CW during the French Contest. QSL via F6OIE.

V2, ANTIGUA. Wicky/W4LW and Fred/K4FMD will operate as V2/K4UP from Antigua on their annual DX Vacation from February 2-8th. Their activity will be a casual style operation on 10, 12, 15, 17, and 20 meters SSB only. QSL via K4UP direct or bureau.

V4, ST. KITTS. Look for Stan/AC8W, Hank/K8DD and possibly one or two operators to be active from here February 12-19th. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest. Personal callsigns have been applied for in addition to a contest callsign; however, they are not yet known. Before and after the contest, they will be on the WARC bands, and also PSK31 and RTTY. QSL will be via home callsigns. An update will be sent out when they know what the callsigns are going to be.

VP6/D, DUCIE ISLAND. Stu, WA2MOE, reported this past week: "In early March the operators for the second Ducie operation will leave Gambier Island in French Polynesia via boat for Pitcairn and then Ducie. The organizer, JA1BK, indicates that several more operators will be welcome, particularly one who is CW competent. Some phone and RTTY experience will be helpful. Interested and experienced operators can contact me at wa2moe@firstinter.net with a brief outline of experience. Dates and other details will then be provided."

WEB PAGE TO VISIT. Jose, CT1EEB (ex-4W6EB and VK8CS), reports his homepage is now updated with the most recent photos and stories of his DX activities. There are photos from remote places in Northern Spain to Southern Portugal and also from East-Timor to the oposite side of the world in the Azores Archipelago. His homepage is at: http://www.qsl.net/ct1eeb/

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